Great Wall Adventure Club crafted this program at the request of visitors who wanted a more robust and more invigorating Great Wall hike. At 20km and 6+hours of hiking, this day at the Great Wall is no joke! However, if you’re up to the challenge, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll get to experience stunning views such as the snaking wall at Jinshanling and the dramatic ruins of West Simatai. You’ll get the full Great Wall experience, with high watchtowers, tastefully restored brickwork, and rugged and challenging Great Wall remnants.
Our car or minivan will pick you up from your hotel at about 7:30 am. From your pick up we will drive directly to the Gubeikou Great Wall. The drive should take a little over 2.5 hours. The Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important location, which is difficult to access. The Wall here is completely unrestored, covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the Wall here, you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along with the steep mountain ranges.
In 1933, the Chinese army fought against Japanese invasion troops in Gubeikou. In the four-month-long battles, over 5,000 Japanese soldiers were killed while 9,000 Chinese soldiers died. It was amazing that the ancient Wall is not merely a relic, but it remained as a battlefield in the modern world.
Much of the hiking that we will do on Jinshanling today is relatively easy, as the Wall here is partially restored, and the surface is smoother. Jinshanling has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower, each of which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. Featuring various structures and having various functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered.
For lunch, we'll take a brief walk down the Wall to a local farmer's restaurant owned by Mr. Duan Jiujun. His family will make a delicious country-style meal for you and may invite you to tour his small photo gallery (he takes photographs of the Great Wall as a hobby) after your stomach becomes full. This restaurant is certified by Great Wall Adventure Club.
Following lunch, we'll make our way back onto the Great Wall in order to cross over into West Simatai While the eastern portion of Simatai is closed due to government maintenance and repairs, the western section of the Simatai Great Wall is still open to hikers. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall. Incorporating a variety of characteristics of other sections of the Great Wall, Simatai also displays some unique features of its own. It is often described with the following five words: perilous, dense, diverse, artful, and peculiar.
After 7-8 hours of walking, you will descend down the Great Wall. You will meet your driver to go back to Beijing. You will be dropped off back at your hotel at about 9 pm.
I can't overstate how fantastic our experience with Great Wall Adventure Club was. Everything from the original booking (online and communicating by email) to coordinating once we arrived in Beijing, to the tour itself, went as smoothly as it possibly could have. We only had 36 hours in Beijing, and we couldn't miss the wall! Our family of 5 (2 parents and 3 teenagers) chose to do the Gubeikou to Simatai route. No crowds, incredible scenery, and mostly original wall. It is a significant hike (lots of uphills) but we're a hiking crew, so it was ok, but not for those looking for a leisurely stroll. Our guide, Oliver, was fantastic. So friendly, knowledgeable, and just a regular guy who was great to spend time with. The lunch after was also terrific and included in the tour. Because of our scheduling limitations, we asked that they drop us at the airport directly after our tour, and they were happy to do so. Would gladly recommend GWAC to anyone.
- Angela H., Experienced October, 2019
SERVICE PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR YOU
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
Use our top-rated professional private transfer service and tour by yourself. You can pick Volkswagen Passat, Buick Minivan, or luxury Mercedes and BMW. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.
The red-shade is the area is where this tour covers. We will drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall. Typically we will leave at 8 am from your hotel.
Please check A7 page if you wish to complete this 7-hour trek without spending too much.
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